Virgin Australia's Velocity Frequent Flyer program adds another string to its bow this week with the launch of a hotel booking service which lets travellers turn their points for a stay at one of some 465,000 hotels and resorts worldwide.
Now live at hotels.velocityfrequentflyer.com – or just click through from the Virgin Australia website – the system lets you browse your choice of accommodation customised on hotel star ratings or preferences such as properties for business travellers, families, singles or couples.
Bookings can be made entirely with Velocity Points or a tailored mixture of points and money, with three Velocity Points earned for each dollar spent on the cash component of a booking.
The booking engine processes Velocity Points redemptions and confirms hotel bookings instantly.
The Velocity scheme now counts more than seven million members on its books, against the incumbent colossus of Qantas Frequent Flyer which is now rolling towards the 12 million member mark.